Zeneba Bowers, ALIAS’ Artistic Director, earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. She has served as concertmaster of Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy and the New World Symphony. Zeneba joined the Nashville Symphony in 1999 and became Assistant Principal Second Violin in 2001, a position she holds to this day. She helped found ALIAS in 2002 and the group quickly became a major element of Nashville’s classical music scene. The group garnered a Grammy nomination in 2011 for “Best Small Ensemble Performance” on its debut CD, “Hilos,” which Zeneba co-produced.
Jocelyn D. Briddell, PhD, is Executive Director of Nashville’s Scarritt-Bennett Center, a non-profit education, retreat and conference center that presents a variety of programs and events designed to address racial equality, cross-cultural understanding, the empowerment of women and spiritual renewal. An administrator in higher education for 30 years, she has extensive experience in facilities management, program planning and community collaboration; this is indicative in her work at both Rutgers University’s Douglass College and Connecticut College. A graduate of Douglass College, Jocelyn is a member of the Advisory Board for Horizon Summer Camp at Nashville’s University School, because of her interest in serving the Edgehill community. She also serves as the President of the Black Alumnae Network with the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, where she received the Douglass Medal in 2007. Jocelyn holds a master’s degree in student personnel services from the College of New Jersey and a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Vice Chair Georgeann Burns has devoted her career to working on healthcare facility projects, which have ranged from research studies for the VA to master plans for leading academic medical centers. She has worked with national and international design firms and led several consulting firms focused on healthcare planning and programming. Working on projects throughout the United States and around the world, Georgeann offers expertise in community hospitals, specialty institutions (pediatric, facilities for aging and behavioral health) and ambulatory care centers. With a growing interest in Lean principles and their application to both healthcare delivery and the process of project delivery, she established Health Facilities Planning Partners, LLC, to provide innovative master planning, planning and programming services. She serves as the company’s President and Senior Advisor.
Chris Farris joined ALIAS through a class on board service through Hands On Nashville. Previously, he served as Director and Operations Manager for a large non-profit in Michigan. Chris is a senior consultant with C3 Consulting in Nashville, where he leads large-scale installations or upgrades of network infrastructure, telecommunications systems, enterpriser resource planning (ERP) systems and corporate disaster recovery/business continuity plans. He has experience in all phases of needs evaluation, proposal development, budgeting, planning and procurement. Chris is a member of ALIAS’ Marketing committee.
William K. Norton is an associate with the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, where he is a member of the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Technology and Emerging Company groups. He offers expertise in formation, fundraising, intellectual property, regulatory compliance and other general business planning and technology issues. Will has been involved with the arts most of his life. He began playing the violin at age two and singing soon after that. He was a member of a number of orchestras and choral groups through high school and, in college, was a founding member of his university’s first independent a cappella group. More recently, Will – an avid piano and guitar player – has taken up the mandolin. In addition, Will is a regular volunteer with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee. He also helps coordinate the indigent pro-bono clinic at Room in the Inn and has worked with a number of artists on corporate governance and intellectual property issues through the Volunteer Lawyers and Professional for the Arts. Will holds degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He attended law school at the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Loraine Segovia-Paz, the 2010 recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration “Women In Business Advocate of the Year Award,” is a leader in connecting to the growing and widely diverse population of Tennessee. In 2003, she founded Hispanic Paper and began publishing Spanish-language educational content as a vehicle to foster effective communication with the fast-growing population of Hispanics in Tennessee. An advocate for public service, in 2007, Loraine received the Small Business Administration Business Advocate Recognition and, in 2008, the Hispanic Heritage Outstanding Leadership and Service Award. As a Vice Chair of Education and Business Literacy initiatives for the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC), she developed a Latina Leaders training program and annual recognition program. Other organizations with which Loraine has and, in some cases, continues to work include Comprehensive Care Center, American Red Cross and Metro Human Relations Commission. She is also credited with building valuable partnerships with respected institutions including the Belcourt Theater Foundation, Scarritt Bennett Center, American Red Cross and All About Women.
Richard C. Stone, Jr., Treasurer, is a Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager with Avenue Bank. He is a Blue Raider, having earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to his work with ALIAS, Richard volunteers on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. He has also previously served Big Brothers Big Sisters, where he was named “Big Brother of the Year” in 2002; Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce’s Development Council; and the Jesse C. Beesley Humane Foundation. Richard was also a member of Murfreesboro Noon Rotary and Smyrna Noon Rotary for nearly a decade.
Born and raised in a different “Music City” (New Orleans), David Vulcano has lived in the Nashville area since 1999. With master’s degrees in social work and business administration, he currently serves as the Responsible Executive for Clinical Research at Hospital Corporation of America. Despite a busy professional career, David is active in the Nashville community, serving on several organizations and boards pertaining to youth sports and Catholic scouting. With his wife, he also created the Vulcano Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, as a venue for giving money to organizations that help improve lives other than their own. In addition, David volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Nashville Rescue Mission and Make-A-Wish Foundation, and he is a citizen graduate of both the Brentwood Citizens Police Academy and the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Academy. Finally, David is a founding contributor to the Williamson 100 and the current president of the Nashville Chapter of the Angel Capital Group, which funds and mentors startup companies (and for which David’s work earned him the title “Angel of the Year” by Angel Investing magazine).
After two years as an English major at James Madison University, cellist Matt Walker transferred to Florida State University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music. After playing for three years with the Jacksonville Symphony and then five years with the Charleston Symphony, he won a position in the cello section of the Nashville Symphony in 1999. In 2002, Matt helped found ALIAS and he has since appeared regularly with the ensemble as a cellist, bassist, guitarist and composer. ALIAS has presented several world premieres of Matt’s compositions and he is featured on the group’s Grammy-nominated CD “Hilos,” which he also co-produced. As a composer as well as a performing musician, Matt has written many pieces that have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe. In 2012, he was commissioned by the Nashville Ballet, which performed his “Arabian Blues” in May 2012. That same month, Yo-Yo Ma premiered Matt’s cello duo “Yo-Yo Joe.”
With a multi-platinum album for his contribution to Dirty Dancing, an Emmy nomination for a wildlife documentary score, more than a dozen television themes and music for more than two dozen movies to his credit, composer Stacy Widelitz (Board President) has built up an impressive resumé. He first came to prominence with the song “She’s Like the Wind,” co-written with Patrick Swayze and featured in the blockbuster Dirty Dancing. Featured on the movie’s wildly successful soundtrack, it was the third single to be released and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Top 40. Stacy also wrote the end-title song for Disney’s Pocahontas II; received four Gold Addies for his work in advertising; and wrote the title song and scored all episodes of Children’s Television Workshop’s acclaimed animated series Cro. In addition, he composed the score and much of the dance music for the film One Last Dance, which garnered him a Best Music Award at the Nashville Film Festival. Subsequently, he was asked to join the board of the festival and served two terms as president. Stacy has served on the board of ALIAS for nearly a decade and as president since 2010.